September 1st was the launch of the new internet video channel One World Birth. I decided to take a look at some of the videos.
The videos are all short clips of interviews with various experts from Europe and America discussing their views on topics around birth. There are some well known natural birth names – Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sarah Buckley, Sheila Kitzinger and so on. It brings to awareness the polarity that sometimes exists between people who want to promote natural birth as much as possible, and people who want to promote medical intervention in birth as much as possible.
I would like to think that moms who really need medical intervention can get it, and moms who don’t really need it aren’t pressured into having it, whether cesarean, induction, pain meds, fetal monitoring, IV, episiotomy etc. But often the definition of “really needing medical intervention” is the area of debate. There are some situations in birth, although rare, where doctors or midwives all agree are serious problems which require medical intervention. There are some situations where all doctors and midwives agree no medical intervention at all. But the majority of situations in birth fall into the grey area. Different caregivers disagree on the course of action.
The videos on One World Birth begin to bring to light some of the problems in maternity care and the solutions. The Revolution in Birth is one particularly interesting video. I love what they say about how improving maternity and the way mothers and babies are cared for during this important transition in life, will improve society as a whole.
“The topic of birth should not just be a topic for doctors, midwives or pregnant women. It should be a topic for all those interested in the future of humanity.” – Michel Odent, MD
“Natural birth has become an endangered species. And we need to save it because the future physical, emotional, mental health and well-being of our culture depends on it.” – Sarah Buckley, GP
I also quite liked the section “60 Sec Experts” where 3 doulas only have 60 seconds to answer common questions about childbirth –
How painful is childbirth?
How to relax during birth?
How do I know if breastfeeding is working properly?
Is a doula a midwife?
What’s the difference between braxton hicks and contractions?
Is it better to tear or be cut?
I’m looking forward to more videos on One World Birth. It will be interesting to see the development of the topics as the film makers travel around the world.
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